CABO to USA flight carry on rods warning. + "report".

#1
Just wanted to share that I had two 5 pieces fly rods in my carry on bag on the flight from Cabos to USA. After X-ray gate, I was told to remove the rods, pack them and check them in. (there were some loud cursing involved- I am sorry).

NO FISHING RODS ARE ALLOWED on board FROM BAJA. It is BAJA regulation, not airlines, I was explained. No problems with flying to Cabo with short rods on board (thank god!)

Cabo airport has a kiosk where they pack such items for a $ 25 fee- no choice :-(

Alaska Air was nice, no extra charge for checking them in.

Fishing was very slow BTW at it was end of March, early, slow and windy- even guide did not to take money to take me fishing! (Tailhunter?- Thank you for honesty)
Thank you for this board members for advises!!!!
Fished two mornings only. Got some strange fish I still need to name and two small roosters (beginner's luck). Some fin but would not fly in March anymore.
 

Bagman

Active Member
#3
I've heard this before, the good news is I didn't hear you bitching about broken/stolen rods. I'm sure you were happy when you got home and found everything there and in only 5 pieces?
 
#4
I wrapped the rods myslef (no tubes) in cardboard like dead body in carpet and it was bulletproof and airline-proof. And they also proviade good American duct tape too (that's what keep this country together!) :)
(BTW: Good think about Winston - BL5 it was- and Scott rods, is that in case you brake old favourite rod, they will rebuild you SAME rod!! NO so called "upgrade". I often hate those "upgrades" offered by other companies. . One of the reason I am Scott/Winston guy)
 

BN2FSH

Active Member
#5
Also, sometimes coming from Mexico they will make you check reels with lines on them, or you can strip the lines off and carry them on. Coming from Mexico I check all rods and reels. Same in Argentina.
 

Richard E

Active Member
#6
Also, sometimes coming from Mexico they will make you check reels with lines on them, or you can strip the lines off and carry them on. Coming from Mexico I check all rods and reels. Same in Argentina.
Yep. I’ve had that problem, albeit several years ago, where I couldn’t carry on my reel and spools, and I had to check them. The TSA agents logic was the line could be used to choke someone or tie them up. Oooooh-k, but what about belts. Never mind.

Same with flies; sometimes I can carry them on, sometimes not. If I have bare hooks, say to use wirh tube flies, those usually cause the problem.
 
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Charles Sullivan

ignoring Rob Allen and Generic
#7
I carried on a 2 piece8 wt and a reel with line coming back from Loreto in the Baja. They did look at the reel a couple of times. The fishing was pretty good but not on the fly gear.

Go Sox,
cds
 
#10
I carried on a 2 piece8 wt and a reel with line coming back from Loreto in the Baja. They did look at the reel a couple of times. The fishing was pretty good but not on the fly gear.

Go Sox,
cds
They would not let a friend carry on a rod in February from Loreto. Our fishing was even worse: no fishing allowed in the whale watching area.
 
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Charles Sullivan

ignoring Rob Allen and Generic
#12
The would not let a friend carry on a rod in February from Loreto. Our fishing was even worse: no fishing allowed in the whale watching area.
Im not sure where that area is. I got a pang with a guide for 225 off the closer island. It was 300 or so for the further island. Got into some yellowtail each day. Split with another family it was affordable.
I actually even liked the guide. If you go again i can refer him.

Go sox,
Cds
 
#13
We were over in the Magdalena bay area on a kayak trip. Mangrove country. I think a tourist can fish there but our trip was commercially supported, and commercial trip are regulated in the type of activities they can do.